Summary: This tripod is light weight and can collapse and fold into a 16" long package that includes a small ball head. It is easy to backpack and can fit into a small suitcase. It is sturdy enough to handle my DSLR with a heavy 200-400mm zoom and has a hook to attach a weghted bag for extra stability.
Summary: There isn't anything not to love about this tripod as far as the quality of the product goes. I do have a major gripe about the RIDICULOUS price of it. The mark up on this has to be 600%. This is worse than jewelry. They say you get what you pay for but this one is close. There are carbon fiber tripods out there for less than $200.
Summary: This may be the best single tripod available. I wanted a multi-purpose tripod that would provide strong and stable support (17.6#) and be lightweight (around 2#). I enjoy taking photos while hiking and this tripod is ideal. The leg diameter is much smaller and less bulky than others I examined. It really takes up minimal space in my luggage/backpack. Considered flip-lock legs but a quick-turn of the Gitzo and it sets up easily. More expensive but met my needs perfectly.
Summary: Used this on photo trip to Yellowstone in winter. Great for weight, but at same time a draw back as a little unstable for Telephoto in low light conditions. The weight however is great for traveling these days and weight restrictions.
Pros: Durable, Light Weight
Cons: Expensive, No screw lock to hold hea, Not rock solid
Summary: Small and light enough that I'll actually carry it when I wouldn't bother with a bigger tripod. With an RRS BH-25, it's decently stable even with legs fully extended and the center column all the way down, but noticeably less so as you raise it ... not a bad tradeoff for its weight and size, IMO. Easier to set up than pre-ALR Gitzos.
Summary: I now have a supremely well engineered, lightweight, compact tripod that I can take with anywhere I go. In fact, it's rather amazing just how much technology I can put into a small daypack these days, to pull rabbits out of a hat anywhere along the journey. The Gitzo GH1780QR Magnesium center ball head makes this into a true magic wand. Thank you, Gitzo!!!!
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: My current setup is a 40d + 17-55mm + 580EXii with the 1780QR gitzo ballhead for portraits and a bit of outdoor. This tripod is amazing in both quality and weight. Pricey as hell, but you get what you pay for and I'm totally satsified... the thing is a work of art!
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged